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Microsoft Windows 8

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Move from One Web Page to Another with Internet Explorer 10

To move from one web page to another, use Internet Explorer 10 from the Windows 8 Start screen or desktop — or even a competing web browser such as Firefox [more…]

Part of the Series: Windows 8 and Internet Explorer 10: 4 Ways to Navigate the Web

Windows 8: Set Up a Home Page in Internet Explorer 10

When you open the Windows 8 desktop web browser (called Internet Explorer 10), you immediately see your home page — which is any website you want. A home page for foodies could be a cooking or restaurant-review [more…]

Part of the Series: Windows 8 and Internet Explorer 10: 4 Ways to Navigate the Web

Internet Explorer 10: Saving Favorite Sites in a Favorites List

Having a hard time finding your favorite websites? Keep them all in one place by compiling a Favorites list in Internet Explorer10. When browsing the Internet through IE 10 in Window 8, you'll certainly [more…]

Part of the Series: Windows 8 and Internet Explorer 10: 4 Ways to Navigate the Web

Add or Remove Programs in Windows 8

Whether you’ve picked up a new program or you want to purge an old one, the Windows 8 Control Panel’s Programs category handles the job fairly well. One of its categories, Programs and Features, lists [more…]

Windows 8 Security/Permission Messages

The Windows solution? When Windows 8 notices anybody (or anything) trying to change something that can potentially harm Windows or your PC, it darkens the screen and flashes a security message asking for [more…]

Assess Your PC's Safety in the Windows 8 Action Center

Take a minute to check your PC’s safety with the Windows 8 desktop’s Action Center. Part of the Control Panel, the Action Center displays any problems it notices with the Windows 8 main defenses, and it [more…]

How to Set Up Family Safety Controls in Windows 8

A feature much-welcomed by parents and much-booed by their children, Windows Family Safety area in Windows 8 offers several ways to police how people can access the computer, as well as the Internet. In [more…]

How to Find the Right Setting in Windows 8

Windows 8 comes with hundreds of settings, sprinkled between two completely different control panels. You’ll rarely stumble randomly across the setting you need. So, instead of clicking aimlessly at menus [more…]

The Windows 8 Start Screen’s PC Settings Screen

The Window 8 Start screen’s mini control panel — the PC Settings screen — would make more sense if it simply offered mini tweaks, such as changing colors or other cosmetic fluff. But oddly enough, Microsoft [more…]

The Windows 8 Desktop’s Control Panel

When the Windows 8 Start screen’s PC Settings screen isn’t enough, head for the big guns: The desktop’s Control Panel lets you while away an entire workweek opening icons and flipping switches to fine-tune [more…]

How to Change the Windows 8 Appearance

One of the most popular categories on the Windows 8 desktop's Control Panel, Appearance and Personalization, lets you change the look, feel, and behavior of Windows 8 in a wide variety of ways. Inside [more…]

How to Change the Theme in Windows 8

Themes are simply collections of settings to spruce up your computer’s appearance: You can save your favorite screen saver and desktop background as a [more…]

How to Adjust Volume and Sounds in Windows 8

The Sound area in the Windows 8 Hardware and Sound category lets you adjust your PC’s volume, a handy commodity when trying to sneak in a computer game on a Windows tablet during a boring business meeting [more…]

How to Install or Set Up Speakers in Windows 8

Most PCs come with only two speakers. Others come with four, and PCs that double as home theaters or gaming rigs sometimes have up to eight. To accommodate the variety of setups, Windows 8 includes a speaker [more…]

How to Add a Bluetooth Gadget to a Windows 8 PC

Bluetooth technology lets you connect gadgets wirelessly to your computer running Windows 8, removing clutter from your desktop. On a tablet, it lets you add a mouse and keyboard without hogging one of [more…]

Add an Xbox 360 Game Console to a Windows 8 PC

The Control Panel in Windows 8 lets you add or tweak most computer accessories, but the Xbox 360 game console begs for an exception. If you own one of Microsoft’s game machines, you instead grant your [more…]

How to Add a Printer to a Windows 8 Computer

Quarrelling printer manufacturers couldn’t agree on how printers should be installed in Windows 8. As a result, you install your printer in one of two ways: [more…]

Windows 8 Control Panel: The Clock, Language, and Region Area

The Windows 8 Control Panel includes an area for setting up your clock, language, and region. Microsoft designed this area mostly for travelers to different time zones and locations. Desktop computer owners [more…]

How to Send Attachments with the Windows 8 Mail App

Sending a file through the Windows 8 Mail app works much like saving an attached file, although in reverse: Instead of grabbing a file from an e-mail and saving it into a folder or library, you're grabbing [more…]

Part of the Series: Windows 8 Mail App: 5 Things to Know about E-Mail

Switch among the Windows 8 Mail App's Views, Menus, Accounts

To load the Windows 8 Mail app, open the Start screen with a press of your Windows key and then click the Mail app tile. The Mail app quickly fills the screen. [more…]

Part of the Series: Windows 8 Mail App: 5 Things to Know about E-Mail

Compose and Send E-Mail with the Windows 8 Mail App

When you're ready to send an e-mail with the Windows 8 Mail app, follow these steps to compose your letter and drop it in the electronic mailbox, sending it through virtual space to the recipient's computer [more…]

Part of the Series: Windows 8 Mail App: 5 Things to Know about E-Mail

How to Read E-Mail with the Windows 8 Mail App

When your computer is connected to the Internet, the Windows 8 Start screen tells you as soon as a new e-mail arrives. The Mail app's tile automatically updates itself to show the sender and subject of [more…]

Part of the Series: Windows 8 Mail App: 5 Things to Know about E-Mail

How to Save Attachments with the Windows 8 Mail App

When an attachment arrives in an e-mail through the Windows 8 Mail app, you'll recognize it: It's a large rectangle at the top of your e-mail. The rectangle lists the file's name with the word Download [more…]

Part of the Series: Windows 8 Mail App: 5 Things to Know about E-Mail

How to Burn (Create) Music CDs in Windows 8

To create a music CD with your favorite songs, create a playlist in the Windows 8 Media Player containing the CD’s songs, listed in the order you want to play them; then burn the playlist to a CD. [more…]

How to Modify Windows 8 for the Physically Challenged

Nearly everybody finds Windows 8 to be particularly challenging, but some people face special physical challenges, as well. To assist them, the Control Panel’s Ease of Access area offers a variety of welcome [more…]

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